Friday, March 27, 2009

Skywatch Friday: Pikes Peak or Bust

Pike's Peak dominates the western skyline of Colorado Springs. The peak can be seen from many miles around, and served as a landmark for settlers making their way across the Kansas prairies.

The phrase "Pike's Peak or Bust" was a common motto of prospectors during the 1859 gold rush. There is a toll road that you can drive to the peak. Humorously, you pass through the "town" of Bust, CO (population 2).

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11 comments:

Louise said...

So two didn't make it to Pike's Peak? That's funny. I haven't been on the road since I was a child, but my family took the cog rail up a few summers ago. Is "Bust" the house we passed where two people live?

It is definitely an impressive mountain.

Linnea W said...

This is a beautiful scene...so tranquil with a touch of mystery. I love it...hi from sunny California!

Mike said...

Great landscape!

Sylvia K said...

Terrific shot and it is an awesome mountain! Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

Bryan said...

Oh wow, another nice landscape.

Population 2. Their demographics must be rather bland.

Lisa Wilson said...

Beautiful shot!

Barb said...

I started up Pikes Peak on my bike once - I turned around way before Bust! I have friends who've done the marathon, though. Did you get a lot of snow last night?

ms toast burner said...

The mountains are great, as mountains are but that sky is fantastic.

I love this pic. I have similar views towards mountains in the distance but 'my' mountains have a body of water between them and I. The expanse of is so similar but very different.

Great shot!

ms toast burner said...

meant to say expanse of prairie/dirt/foothills ... bad habit of leaving out entire words!

Russ said...

Thanks everyone!

Barb - yes, we did get snow. First it melted, then froze, the more snow. Very nasty.

I've done done the Pikes Peak Ascent twice. I'd never do the marathon - hate running down hill!

koala said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love the panorama! You should aim at mountains more often.